U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May returns to 10 Downing Street this week after a walking holiday in Switzerland, a reminder to anyone still basking in the sun with a bottle of rosé that fall is upon us.
Unlike the rest of us mortals who spend the first day back in the office clearing out the inbox, the prime minister has no such luxury. There's a handwritten reply from the Chinese president on her desk and rumors that the "three Brexiteers" - cabinet members Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox - are up to no good.
If the first two months of May's term were confined to crisis control in pre-season training, the next few months are most definitely game time. Investors remain split over how the prime minister's business agenda will take shape during this crucial period: Will she prove a friend or foe to businesses at home and abroad? The government's recent praise for "Team GB" at the Olympics could offer a few clues.
Much has been written about the role that former-PM John Major's National Lottery funding plan played in the Olympians' glory, while others have drawn parallels to the capitalist ethos driving the team (double-down on winners, drop the losers). Now, the Conservative government is turning the tables. Rather than taking credit for the record medal count, they're heeding lessons from the athletes.